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Unattended Campfires A Persistent Threat

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Unattended campfires continue to plague fire managers on the Bridger Teton National Forest as conditions continue to dry out and the fire danger continues to rise.  Over the weekend, Teton Interagency Fire personnel had to douse over a half dozen abandoned campfires in the Shadow Mountain area alone.  Traci Weaver from Teton Interagency Fires says it is definitely a concern for people to not properly extinguish their campfires, especially as it gets drier here and we have windy afternoons.  Weaver again stresses, “It’s important that people make sure their campfires are cold to the touch before they walk away from it.”  Weaver points out that should one of those abandoned campfires grow into something larger, the person responsible would be held liable. Currently, the fire danger in this area is moderate; but conditions are continuing to dry out.  Wyoming fire analysts are predicting that the seriousness of this year’s fire season in the state will be similar to last year’s by summer’s end.

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